Welcome to Edge Research Lab!
The mission of Edge Research Lab is to expand humanity's knowledge of the physical world, encourage enthusiasm in STEM education, and practice efficient research through the novel application of existing technology where possible and the development of new technology where necessary.
There are two ways that we're fulfilling this mission: the BEACON project, and our work with the students of South JeffCo Robotics (a collaborative after-school team comprised of students from five area high schools) and other students from Denver and Colorado Springs. EDGE11 is the most recent flight that featured payloads designed and built entirely by students, and the Balloon Enabled Atmospheric Conditions Observation Network (BEACON) project is moving forward: the first full BEACON sensor launch is scheduled for the end of the summer of 2014. We're not yet releasing too many details, but here's a sneak peek:
Major Website Update!
It's been far too long since we updated our website, we know... so we finally put some effort into it. There's been a lot going on - including the development of NIR FHD video capabilities, improved flight control systems, more flights with South JeffCo Robotics, significant progress towards achieving our long-term research goals (the BEACON project), and much more. One of the biggest operational developments that we have to share is that we're working with Colorado Springs East Airport (CO49), and will be launching from their property for the foreseeable future, as long as predictions are favorable. The use of the airport facilities allows our airborne team to be on the ground for launch activities, and also gives us a place to meet for lunch on the grill afterwards.
So - check out the summaries of all of our most recent launches in Our Projects, and be sure to follow us on twitter (@edgeresearchlab). It's a big season for us, as we're hoping to launch our first BEACON probe - you won't want to miss any of it!
EDGE Research Laboratory Teams with South Jeffco Robotics
The directors and members of EDGE Research Laboratory are excited to announce that we are sponsoring FIRST® Team 1799: South JeffCo Robotics @ Dakota Ridge! This talented team of approximately 30 students competed in the Colorado Regional April 4-6, was invited to the quarterfinals, and eliminated by only three points. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved, and the EDGE team was there in person (and cheering the team on virtually, as well).
Now that they've completed the competition, the team will be working on high-altitude payloads for our flight scheduled for the middle of May (dates to be announced). The robotics payloads that they are designing for the flight are impressive, and the EDGE team is thrilled to be working with such a great group of motivated students and mentors.